New York Knicks vs Chicago Bulls Prediction, Preview and Odds - 10/28/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 8:00 pm ET, Thursday, October 28, 2021
Venue:  United Center, Chicago, IL
Where to Watch:  NBA TV

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Knicks +1, Bulls -1; Over/Under:  216 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Knicks +1, Bulls -1; Over/Under:  216 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Knicks NL, Bulls NL; Over/Under:  216 points
 

Season Record

New York Knicks:  3-1 (1st place, Atlantic Division)
Chicago Bulls:  4-0 (1st place, Central Division)
 
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New York Knicks vs Chicago Bulls Preview and Analysis

 
Recent Form
New York Knicks:  won at home on Oct. 26 against the Philadelphia 76ers 112-99.
Chicago Bulls:  won on the road on Oct. 25 against the Toronto Raptors 111-108.
 
 
 

New York Knicks Analysis

The Knicks are coming into this game with a 3-1 record overall to start their season off and they are 1-0 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. Their 1 loss came against the Orlando Magic while their 3 wins came against the Boston Celtics, the Magic, and the 76ers in their last game. They were trailing at the end of the first quarter in that game against the 76ers but came out in the second quarter and grabbed a massive lead going into halftime, a lead so big that it was too much for the 76ers to come back from in the second half as the Knicks went on to win that game. Kemba Walker led the team in points in that game with 19 along with 5 assists and 3 rebounds. Evan Fournier was 2nd on the team in points with 18 while Julius Randle also got involved scoring 16 points on the night in what was a good team effort win with a balanced offense. Randle led the team in assists in that game with 7 and also led the team in rebounds with 11. Their offense is averaging 118 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 109.8 PPG against them. The Knicks opened as a 1 point favorite in their last game with that line closing around the same number while the point total opened at 217.5 points and closed around 217 points. The Knicks covered the spread in that game with a 13 point win while the game stayed under the total with 211 points total.
 
 

Chicago Bulls Analysis

The Bulls are coming into this game with a 4-0 record overall to start their NBA season off and they are 2-0 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. Their 4 wins came against the Detroit Pistons twice, the New Orleans Pelicans, and the Raptors in their last game. That was a very close game in the end that the Bulls took a large lead in in the second quarter going into halftime but allowed the Raptors to make a comeback in the second half, ultimately shutting the door on them in the end. DeMar DeRozan led the team in points in that game with 26 along with 6 assists and 4 rebounds. Zach LaVine also had a nice game posting 22 points with 5 assists and 4 rebounds. DeRozan led the team in assists in that game with 6 while Nikola Vucevic led the team in rebounds with 8. Their offense is averaging 107.5 PPG in their first 4 games this season and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 97.5 PPG against them. The Bulls opened as a 2.5 point favorite in their last game with that line closing around the same number while the point total opened at 213 points and closed around 213.5 points. The Bulls covered the spread in that game winning it by 3 points while the game went over the total with 219 points total. 
 
 

 

Knicks vs Bulls Prediction

The Knicks are coming into this game as a 4 point underdog with the current betting odds according to the bookmakers. The Knicks have had 1 day of rest coming into this game while the Bulls have had 2 rest days now. The Bulls are just 1 of 2 undefeated teams left in the NBA this season and they are coming back from a game up North in Canada so this could be a bit of a let down spot with that trip. The Knicks have made it clear that they are not satisfied with their win over the 76ers and all eyes on their team are focused on this game. The Knicks will definitely get up for this game if it means they have a chance to hand the Bulls their first loss of the season. The Knicks have a very good team this year and are only going to get better as the season goes on. The best bet to place in this game is on the Knicks to cover the spread and on the moneyline as they have a very good chance at pulling off the upset here and winning this game straight up.
 
Knicks Bulls Prediction:  Our NBA Pick for Thursday, October 28, 2021 (8:00 pm ET start time) is Knicks 114 Bulls 111.
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NBA Betting Trends

 
New York Knicks: 1020-999 ATS in all games. 162-154 ATS when the total is 210 to 219.5. 619-595 ATS as an underdog. 419-385 ATS as a road underdog. 510-494 ATS in road games. 291-264 ATS against Central division opponents. 241-227 ATS after a division game.

Chicago Bulls: 1034-1041 ATS in all games. 90-102 ATS when the total is 210 to 219.5. 446-466 ATS as a favorite. 297-327 ATS as a home favorite. 500-543 ATS in home games. 
 

Key Injuries

 
New York Knicks:  N. Noel (C) Ques Thurs - Knee injury.
Chicago Bulls:  Z. LaVine (PG) Prob Thurs - Thumb injury. M. Simonovic (C) Ques Thurs - Thumb injury. C. White (SG) Mid Nov - Shoulder injury.
 

Players to Watch

 
New York Knicks: Julius Randle is one player to watch in this matchup. He leads his team in points, assists, and rebounds per game this season. He has been hot since the season has started and he is coming off of a game where he led his team in assists and in rebounds. He has been a big force in this offense this year so look for him to continue that in this game as they look to pull off an upset and hand the Bulls their first loss of the season.
 
Chicago Bulls: Zach LaVine is one player to watch in this contest. He leads his team in points per game and he is battling a tiny injury coming into this game. He did not make a big impact in the offense in their last game but luckily they won the game and did not need him to. They will need him to play well in this game though up against a good Knicks team so look for him to step up in this game and have a good one.
 

Notable Quotes

 
"This was a good test for us and it doesn't stop, and we can't feel good about tonight. We have to go to Chicago (on Thursday) and play an undefeated team that's loaded that's playing real well." - Tom Thibodeau after his team’s win over the 76ers in theri last game.
 
 
"He's been our go-to in the closing moments of games and he hasn't disappointed yet. Tonight he put us on his back and carried the fourth quarter for us." - Lonzo Ball on DeMar DeRozan after a win against the Raptors in their last game.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
New York Knicks
PG     Kemba Walker 
SG     Evan Fournier 
SF     RJ Barrett 
PF     Julius Randle 
C     Mitchell Robinson
 
Chicago Bulls
PG    Lonzo Ball
SG    Zach LaVine
SF    DeMar DeRozan
PF    Patrick Williams
C     Nikola Vucevic
 

Statistical Leaders

 
New York Knicks
PPG: J. Randle (25.5)
APG: J. Randle (6.5)
Reb/G: J. Randle (11.3)
 
Chicago Bulls
PPG: Z. LaVine (25.5)
APG: L. Ball (5)
Reb/G: N. Vucevic (11.5) 
 
Coaches:
New York Knicks: Tom Thibodeau (2nd season)
Chicago Bulls: Billy Donovan (2nd season)


Amedeus Mastrangelo

About the Author:

Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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